Mur­der: Court De­nies Coun­cilor, Five Oth­ers Bail

…As State As­sem­bly Sum­mons Deputy Gov.

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Joseph Wantu, Makurdi

AMAGISTRATE court sit­ting in Makurdi has de­nied bail to a serv­ing coun­cilor, James Aon­dover Se­mali and five oth­ers for their al­leged killing of a 45year-old man, Michael Iorm­baamo Iorchir of Shangev-ya Dis­trict, Kwande Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Benue State.

The other five ac­cused de­nied bail in the case are a former Su­per­vi­sory Coun­cilor, Akuha Shi­maibo, Terzungwe Bem, Ter­wase Aloho, Ter­soor Dura, and Asom Ty­ongi.

They were said to have in­vade the de­ceased’s res­i­dence, ab­ducted and heinously killed and aban­doned his dead body in the bush.

Rul­ing on the mo­tions for bail, the pre­sid­ing mag­is­trate, Mrs. Igyama A.R. told coun­sels that the court lacked ju­ris­dic­tion to grant clients ball since it's a case of cul­pa­ble homi­cide and cap­i­tal of­fense.

Mean­while, wor­ried by the ten­sion sur­round­ing the is­sue of salary ar­rears of work­ers in the state, the state house of as­sem­bly has asked the Ben­son Abounu led com­mit­tee on mod­i­fied salary ta­ble pay­ment to ap­pear be­fore it on the 4th of Oc­to­ber.

The as­sem­bly's re­ac­tion is aimed at stop­ping the loom­ing strike ac­tion by the labour union next week. It di­rected the state gov­ern­ment to for­ward the re­ports from the prince Mk­pan's con­sul­tancy on the au­to­matic fin­ger print iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and the Tert­seagh Ikyaabo staff ver­i­fi­ca­tion ex­er­cise within one week.

In their res­o­lu­tion to know the ex­act wage bill of the state which had re­fused to drop de­spite series of ver­i­fi­ca­tion ex­er­cises, it also sum­moned the state com­mis­sioner for fi­nance and the ac­coun­tant gen­eral of the state to ap­pear be­fore the house on the 5th of Oc­to­ber to ex­plain the mo­tive and the ex­tent of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the state of emer­gency on salary de­clared five months ago. Baba Otache said the cur­rent out­ra­geous wage bill of 7.4 bil­lion was un­called for de­spite re­tire­ment and death of civil ser­vants re­call­ing that in 2005-2006 the wage bill of the state was not up to 2 bil­lion.

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